Community breakfast at First Christian

The First Christian Church will hold a community breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 30) and Sunday (Aug. 31) at the church, 125 S. Pleasant St., Independence.

The menu includes a full order of biscuits and gravy for $5; or pancakes with sausage or a cinnamon roll for $4. Coffee and juice is included with all meals. A la carte scrambled eggs available for $1.

For more information, contact the church at 816-252-6100 or

‘Chuck wagon cookies’ on sale

St. Matthew United Methodist Church is selling “chuck wagon cookies” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 30) at the church, 2415 R.D. Mize Road, Independence.

The cookies, which consist of two large, homemade chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream in between, are $2 each and will be sold while supplies last.

Stone Church elder preaches Sunday

Barbara Graeff-Vinck will speak on the theme “Here I Am” at the 10:20 a.m. worship service on Sunday (Aug. 31) at the Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence.

Graeff-Vinck, an elder at Stone Church serving in the community outreach ministry, has been instrumental in working with the Community Services League’s Tennies for Kids program.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-2211 or visit

GriefShare, DivorceCare programs at Timothy Lutheran

Timothy Lutheran Church will hold GriefShare and DivorceCare programs in September. Both are at the church, 425 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs.

GriefShare begins Tuesday, and sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. GriefShare features Biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics, and includes a DVD seminar and group discussion.

DivorceCare begins Sept. 7 and meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. DivorceCare is a DVD seminar series along with support group discussion of the materials in the video program. DivorceCare4Kids will also be offered.

The only cost is $15 for a workbook. To register, contact Nancy Nowiszewski at 816-228-5300 or email

‘Power of Words’ is focus of sermons

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton is giving a sermon series, “The Power of Words,” at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

The church, based in Leawood, has a campus at 601 E. Jefferson, Blue Springs. Worship is at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Nursery care for children from birth through age 3 is available, and Sunday school is for children age 4 through the fifth grade during services. All are invited for coffee before worship near the east entrance.

This Sunday’s sermon is “The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth,” and the series concludes next weekend with “The Power of the Tongue.”

Bring your recyclables to Lake Lotawana UMC

Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church is hosting a free recycling extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6.

The church will collect electronics, bikes, clothing, toys, household goods, books, eyeglasses, keys and car and boat batteries and other items

Bring donations to the church, at the corner of Colbern Road and Gate 1, and then stop by the Hospitality Hut for complimentary doughnuts and coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. or hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to everyone. Visit for a complete list of items to be collected.

Free health clinic at Glenwood Park UMC

Glenwood Park Methodist Church will hold a free health clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6.

The church, at 10000 E. 23rd St., Independence, holds the clinics on the first Saturday of the month. The screenings, sponsored by the Black Nurse Association and the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index testing.

For more information, call the church at 816-254-5116.

Family Fun Fest at Chapel Hill Presbyterian

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs will hold its fifth annual Family Fun Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 6. It includes a pig roast, free food, a moon bounce, face painting, a cake walk, games and a special appearance by Mr. Stinky Feet at 3:30 p.m.

On Sept. 7, there are classes for all ages, with the adult class study on “The Life and Times of John Calvin.” Following the 10:30 a.m. worship service a pasta luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon, in support of Heifer International, will be by donation.

The church is at 3108 S.W. U.S. 40. For more information, call 816-229-3367.

Blood drive at Independence First Assembly

Independence First Assembly of God is hosting a community blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10, at the church, 3711 S. Whitney Ave.

To make an appointment online, go to and use Sponsor Code: INDEPENDENCEFIRSTASSEMBLY, or call Dwight Lackey at 816-373-8998.

St. Marks business expo and craft show

St. Marks Catholic Church in Independence is hosting its 10th Annual Craft Show and Business Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14. This is a benefit for the youth ministry at the church.

All are invited to promote a business or sell handiwork. Booth space is $50, and vendors keep all your proceeds. If interested in participating, contact Charlotte Davis at or Ken Fuenfhausen at Forms are also available online at

For more information, call the church at 816-373-2600.

– Examiner staff